05-03-09 Memories For Sale


After my father died and my mother decided to move to an assisted living center a few years later, she sold the house in which I had grown up and held an auction for its contents. I was present at the auction and although I wasn’t sad that day, I am saddened now when I look at the photos I took. If you could imagine all of the things that decorated the walls and stood on the shelves being boxed and then, with any luck, sold for a dollar or two, maybe you can understand my sadness.

This box of bowling trophies won by my mom and dad was one of three that was up for auction. No one even bid on them and I suppose they were thrown away. I guess there is no market for old bowling trophies. But when I look at these, there are so many things that I recall about the bowling leagues my parents participated in, the times I hung out at the bowling alley and the friends my parents knew through bowling.

For me, this picture is the most personal and powerful photo I have posted in this blog. I’m guessing most of you will look at it and wonder what the big deal is. . . .

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2 thoughts

  1. The sound of the bowling ball striking the pins, the smoke-filled alley, the laughter, smell of beer and a jukebox playing not too far away – these are the images I have of watching my parents bowling years and years ago. It’s amazing how many other images can be drawn from looking at one photo. It’s not the object itself, but the story behind the object. When my dad auctioned off his table saw, I could picture all the hours he spent working with wood in his cabinet shop. I wish I had a photo of his saw today.

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